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12:05 PM ET, February 2, 2015

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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Says Parents Should Have ‘Choice’ on Vaccinations  —  CAMBRIDGE, England — Amid an outbreak of measles that has spread across 14 states, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Monday said that parents “need to have some measure of choice” about vaccinating their children against the virus …
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
CDC warns of ‘large outbreak’ of measles  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a “large outbreak” of measles.  —  “We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Christie clarifies comments on measles vaccine, calls for ‘balance’  —  CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday walked back comments he made calling for “balance” on the measles vaccine debate, asserting that “there is no question kids should be vaccinated.”
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
President Obama on measles: ‘You should get your kids vaccinated’  —  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, President Barack Obama tells TODAY's Savannah Guthrie parents have “every reason” to get their children immunized against measles and zero reasons against it.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
A Low Profile for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at Arsenal Game in London
National Journal:
If Republicans are smart, they will nominate for president someone in the mold of George W. Bush in 2000.  —  TO MAKE AN educated guess about whether these trends will continue, it helps to look at how the white working class and middle class have behaved historically.
Caitlin Nolan / NY Daily News:
‘There was no snowball fight’: Video showing New Rochelle police officer pulling gun on teens not what it seems: cops  —  WARNING: Graphic language.  The footage appears to catch a cop holding a group of teenagers at gunpoint after an alleged snowball fight.
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Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
WATCH: Police Officer Draws Gun On Black Kids Throwing Snowballs
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN on Sunday that he hadn't seen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) widely-panned speech in Iowa last week, but offered his ex-running mate his support regardless.
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Politico:
The FCC chair's Internet pivot  —  Tom Wheeler is poised to propose some of the toughest rules possible.  —  Tom Wheeler was feeling the heat.  —  It was August and the head of the Federal Communications Commission was sitting on the deck of his family's vacation home on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism  —  Exaggerated, worst-case claims result in bad policy and they ignore a wealth of encouraging data.  —  By  —  It is an indisputable fact that carbon emissions are rising—and faster than most scientists predicted.
CNN:
Arizona measles exposure worries parents of at-risk kids  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Anna Jacks checks her baby's forehead over and over again.  Is he hot?  Does he have a rash?  Is his nose still runny?  —  Her son has been sick before, but this time it's different …
Discussion: Raw Story, KFOR-TV and Hot Air
Claire Milhench / Reuters:
Oil prices rally above $53 as investors pile in  —  (Reuters) - Crude oil prices rose on Monday as investors shrugged off a U.S. refinery strike and focused on a falling U.S. rig count that signalled lower production down the line.  —  “There were a lot of people on the sidelines waiting …
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Beer Old Dartmouth  —  A college president refuses to bow to political pressure.  —  The moral panic over U.S. undergraduate life features increasingly illiberal demands to restrict open debate, due process and voluntary association—and the first impulse of most college administrators is to capitulate.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Departing From Country's Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge for Killings  —  TOKYO — When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.”
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Lawmaker: Same-Sex Couples Don't Deserve Same Financial Benefits As Other Families  —  Most conservatives who oppose marriage equality will cite the Bible, “nature,” or polygamy and incest to justify their opposition.  —  But for one Alabama state senator, a reason to oppose marriage equality …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
God and the G.O.P.  —  The brief apparition of a third Mitt Romney Presidential bid vanished last Friday, with a conference call to several of his supporters.  “You can't imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside,” Romney told them.  He added that he thought he would have won …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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CBS News:
Face the Nation Transcripts February 1, 2015: Graham, Durbin, Baker
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Althouse
Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment
Discussion: Eschaton
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell's way  —  The leader of the new GOP Senate …
Washington Post:
GOP holds security hostage to immigration
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Six More Weeks of Winter, Suckers
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Lyndsey Telford / Telegraph:
Elderly cousins undergo joint euthanasia for fear of being separated
Discussion: National Review
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP senator: ‘Alarm ringing’ in Middle East
Discussion: Instapundit
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Scott Bland / National Journal:
A Seller's Market: GOP Campaigns Racing to Lock Down Qualified Staff
Discussion: ABC News
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Washington Times:
Clinton's Libya war push armed Benghazi rebels with suspected al Qaeda ties
Nolan Finley / The Detroit News:
For president, a governor  —  Gov. Rick Snyder said on CNN …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
United Steelworkers:
National Oil Bargaining Talks Break Down: USW Calls for Work Stoppage at Nine Oil Refineries, Plants
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
Cecilio Padilla / CBS Sacramento:
Support Of Israel Reason House Was Tagged With Swastikas, Frat Says
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
Detroit Free Press:
Last Slide  —  “I set our attendance standard by this man,” …
Discussion: Addicting Info and Hullabaloo
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chickens come home to roost for de Blasio
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler